Unlike most other countries in the world, police in Britain have picked up a habit of entering demonstrators’ blocks with their snatch squads, grabbing, insulting and arresting people as they please, often unchallenged. This has to stop! It puts our friends and comrades in danger and deeply damages our movement: People will often abstain from demos from fear of being arrested. We want them back!
In the spirit of true solidarity, each block should be able and willing to protect all those participating in it. We ask that, next time any cops try to arrest you or someone close to you, shout out to alert the rest of us: all of us together can easily de-arrest one person! Even better, let’s form chains all around the demo before it starts, to prevent cops from entering in the first place.
Protect our block, protect your friends and comrades, protect yourself:
Stop the cops from entering our demos!
If we want to de-arrest people, we need to practice first at home, otherwise it just ends up with more people arrested than in the first place, and for much much more serious charges, as I've seen happen.
Some tips on snatch squads, de-arresting and general how to survive public order situations, available at:
or for a printable download, http://www.earthfirst.org.uk/manchester/porder.pdf
- tips here